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CMU Podcast: NME, Sony Music, PRS For Music, 65daysofstatic

By and | Published on Friday 10 July 2015


CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the NME’s announcement that it will become free later this year, Sony Music’s response to 19 Entertainment on its equity in Spotify, PRS For Music’s new campaign on safe harbours, and 65daysofstatic’s response to receiving money from the government’s Music Export Growth Scheme. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital.

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Stories discussed this week:

NME goes free

NME to relaunch as free title
• NME announces major brand transformation including free magazine (

Sony Music on Spotify equity

Sony Music on Spotify equity issue: no obligation to ensure “greatest yields” for artists
• Sony asserts right to structure deal with Spotify even if results disfavor artists (The Hollywood Reporter)

PRS For Music and safe harbours

PRS campaign puts the spotlight back on safe harbours in wake of GEMA ruling
• PRS For Music press release

65daysofstatic and MEGS

• More MEGS funding distribution, though one recipient hits out at government’s record on the arts
• Government press release
• 65daysofstatic’s full blog post

Listen to this week’s CMU Approved artists:

• Klyne
Rye Rye feat Bullion
• Officer
Micachu And The Shapes

What we didn’t have time to talk about:

Facebook planning audio as well as video-based music service
SESAC buys Harry Fox Agency
• Gatecrashers cause problems at Wireless
• Taylor Swift label Big Machine not for sale, revisits alliance with Universal
• Xbox Music rebrands as Groove
• Michael Robertson adds FreeBeats1 to his 6 Seconds app
• Phil Rudd given eight months home detention over death threat charge
• Chris Moyles linked to new Xfm breakfast show
• Live Nation confirms official “fuel and lubricant sponsors” for US venues
• Damon Albarn physically removed from Roskilde stage
• Donut licker Ariana Grande apologises for hating America

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